Master of All Trades
Edward Tadiello has been a part of the art industry for over thirty years. He has worked in a wide variety of fields: fine art, book cover illustration, scenic artwork, and film concept illustration.
In the late 1970s, Tadiello attended Pan American Art School in New York, studying advertising design and illustration. He studied under the tutelage of many master artists. As a freelancer, he created graphic design for several big-name corporations.
Ed Tadiello Book Covers
Going to the next decade, Tadiello would branch out into other fields. In 1983 he met a designer named Len Leone Jr. whose father was a publishing creative director. Through Leone’s connections, Tadiello obtained work as a book cover illustrator.
He would create around 250 book covers, mostly in the Romance genre for Bantam, Dell, Harlequin, Scholastic, and Kensington. He also produced work for Westerns and Young Adult books. Many of his covers were for Bantam’s Loveswept line, as well as several Harlequin Presents.
In creating book covers, Tadiello would hone his skill in oil paints which he says “[gave] me a solid skill set, a foundation in picture-making.”
Fine Art and Scenic Work
In the 1990s, those skills would find help Tadiello grow further as an artist. He would start producing fine art, something which he continues to do today.
In the mid-2000s, after a long career as an illustrator and art director, Tadiello would become a scenic artist, working in film and television.
He has worked as a scenic designer for various major motion pictures such as “Indiana Jones and the Crystal Skull,” “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice,” “Sherlock Holmes,” and Ridley Scott’s “American Gangster.” His TV Series work includes “The Sopranos,” “30 Rock”, “The Good Wife,” “Ugly Betty,” “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt,” “Billions,” and “Ray Donovan.”
Influences and Legacy
“My work is essentially about the female form and spirit in all its glory.”ED TADIELLO
Tadiello says his art was inspired by the illustrations and movie posters of the ’60s and 70s that prominently featured beautiful women. Among his many influences, Tadiello cites: Bob Peak, Richard Amsel, Howard Rodgers, Robert McGinnis, Norman Rockwell, as well as the masters Rubens, Rembrandt, Mucha, Lautrec, Rodin, Waterhouse, Turner, and many contemporary realist painters. Those artists would spark Tadiello’s imagination, driving his career in art.
Besides scenic work in mass media, Ed Tadiello currently produces beautiful female images of Pin-up art and Angel art, which can be viewed on his official website and in art showings.